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. plus, the pentagon tightens its belts ahead of possible cuts. >>> first, our top story at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. amid a national debate about guns and violence, a california teacher and a campus supervisor are being credited for heroic actions yesterday during yet another school shooting. it happened in taft, california, around the same time vice president joe biden was holding meetings in washington about possible gun regulation. police say a 16-year-old gunman who felt he was being bullied specifically targeted two students using 12-gauge shotguns. one of them was shot and remains in critical but stable condition. the second student was not hit. police say the teacher in the classroom who was grazed by a shotgun pellet and a campus supervisor managed to engage the gunman in conversation and convince him to drop his weapon. police say the shotgun belonged to the suspect's brother. taft high school where the shooting took place typically has an armed guard on campus. the sheriff's department said the guard wasn't there yesterday because he is, well, he was sn
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice, and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> reporter: and we should also note that mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, the top republican here in the senate, made some softer comments on the other sunday talk shows. he was saying that chuck hagel will get some thorough vetting, will get tough kwequestions, bue was not talking about it in the same stark terms as senator graham. president obama is making this nomination with congress out of town, so there's also time for this nomination to melt away. we'll have to see. >>> i want to take a closer look now at the anti-israel claims against hagel through the eyes of a seasoned diplomat. nicholas burns is a former undersecretary of state. he joins us by phone. good morning, mr. ambassador. >> good morning. >> before we speak, i want to tell people exactly what hagel said that -- those comments that are haunting him today. in one stat
the lead at the pentagon from leon pennetta, who offered some parting thoughts during the announcement. take a listen. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. [ laughter ] >> i guess when you're out-going, mark halperin, you can do that. >> look, he's a funny guy and he survived in washington in public service for 50 years in the military in executive branch and congress being not just serious and smart and dedicated but a really funny and nice guy. incredible story. i was glad to see amist thedst announcement of the new nominees he got his ceremony and i'm sure there will be more in the next couple of weeks. >> a vietnam soldier and veteran has been nominated as the next secretary of defense and the president emphasized hagel's government service and personal connection to the organization he's now been nominated to run. >> chuck represents the bipartisan tradition we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus, he's earned
setled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. it comes despite many indications that he would face rocky confirmation hearing. he has a history of blunted statements including a reference to, quote. jewish lobby as an intimidating force on capitol hill that would draw scrutiny. once more he has at times resisted sanctions against iran for its nuclear program and balked efforts to designate hezbollah as a terrorist group. >> i have serious reservations on some of his statements in the past. >> reporter: supporters say his infantry service where he was awarded two purple hearts make it superbly qualified. a group wrote to obama to throw his support behind hagel that enjoys the backing that one opinion that matters most. >> he is patriot and he has done extraordinary work. somebody that has served this country with valor in vietnam. somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board. >> reporter: the white house said no decision has been made on the top pentagon spotted. >> jamie: what kind of confirmation are we in for if the president does nominate him? assistant to vice
, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u.s. troops leave afghanistan after 2014. and there are some who feel the white house 234r0floated this io sort of, you know, lay the ground work to get some perhaps concessions on some other issues that are important to the white house. in other words, more of a negotiati negotiati negotiating ploy. >> it's been
that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff kick off a series of meetings with what the white house describes as stake holders in this debate aimed at trying to produce a consensus or proposals to curb gun violence. today biden meets with victims groups and gun
of national intelligence. the current one is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of 16 but it is our primary spy agency. its role under the reorganization has become even more crucial. if you have seen "zero dark thirty," it shows the central the cia played in identifying the career and once we identified him, we found the house in about a block and then we found osama bin laden. host: senator john mccain said he wants to take a closer look at the interrogation policies of the bush administration and john brennan's involvement in that. guest: i applaud with john mccain said about interrogation. he has been saying for ever that torture does not work and he should know. he was in the hanoi hilton for so long and tortured by north vietnam during the war. he is right, in my view. i did serve on the intelligence committee for eight years. i was there in the 1990's and came back and was a rank
to do, wind down the war in afghanistan, cut the pentagon budget in a way that protects our security, deal with iran, deal with the middle east. he's going to have a big job to do. he's an impressive guy, as mika said, he's got tons of support, as andrea said, but he does have detractors who he's going to have to win over even if they don't vote for him. >> he has sharp elbows. when i was on the hill, i didn't like the guy. i didn't. a lot of people didn't like the guy. i understand why john mccain wouldn't like a republican senator that endorsed a democrat. i understand. he doesn't play well with others in the sandbox. he certainly didn't when he was in the senate. i got to know him, though, through the years, and we got to know him. we like him. we respect him. he said some things about israel that caused me concerns. >> yeah. >> but he's going to be the president's secretary of defense. and i just wonder, what's better for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
the pentagon absorb a 10% cut? i suppose it could absorb a cut but the question is, we can not go into default while we're debating these things. you have to increase the debt ceiling and keep the debate going and look to continue to cut spending. jon: we'll have you back another time to talk more about this. you obviously put a lot of thought into it. former congressman dennis kucinich. >> thank you. jenna: speaking after the pentagon, we talked a let about the planned troop withdrawal in afghanistan. now there is word the united states may take out all the troops leaving no american soldiers there. what is behind the so-called zero option? we go in depth next. jon: a fox news alert now. new details emerging on that commuter ferry crash in new york city. rick is live at the breaking news desk for us. >> we're tracking this from down in the newsroom because the details are changing quickly, jon. as you say a commuter ferry bringing people from new jersey along the east river to lower manhattan. we're told that's when they had what is called a hard landing. the ferry captain trying to dock righ
for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personallyto america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama -- >> reporter: a small group protested the brennan choice monday saying he's linked to techniques including water boarding during the
produced by our great pentagon producer justin fishel last friday. he wrote "the white house is not considering any option that would leave more than 10,000 american troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. ". a senior administration official and senior military force told fox news despite reports that the administration could leave a much larger footprint after that deadline for handing over security to the afghans. there you have it. 10,000 s what we are reportedly hearing from the pentagon. >> i worry about the art fix deadlines and artificial numbers not dictated by the facts on the ground. we have to see as the afghanistan forces are standing up and make sure that they are trained and we cooperate with them with counterinsurgency and the training and advising and continues. to just pull out a date and say this is the number of troops does not respect the realities on the ground. we made that mistake with iraq and i hope that the obama administration learned from its mistakes and when we withdraw forces along with allies we do so in a way that i say treasures all of the lives t
it to you. >> why does the president want to down size the pentagon, the defense department? why does he want to do that? >> because obama has this ideological vision of america as a super power, too big for its britches and it's a power that's thrown itself around the world. he talked about it in his initial tour of the world, and that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was, leading where it was, choosing where and when and he wants to cut it down to size. >> megyn: that was charles krauthammer making the argument to our own bill o'reilly, that president obama is forming his second term policy that america needs to down size its global presence or as he put it, mr. krauthammer, he thinks america, mr. obama does, is too big for its britches. and here is tucker carlson, a fox news contributor, and julie, and ray. what's the evidence of that? >> the evidence that the president sees the united states in world terms is everywhere you see it in the budget negotiations the reason the republicans are so thrown off. divided and disspirited. mostly they're confus
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not
of pulling all troops out of afghanistan. now the pentagon is pushing back, saying it could jeopardize any negotiating power with the taliban. >> the position we take in showing that we are going to continue to complete this mission, the better the chances we have to ultimately achieve political reconciliation. >> the pentagon was only the beginning of the afghan president's visit to washington. >> our meeting, i believe, helped -- will help lay the ground work for president karzai's discussions tomorrow with president obama. >> sources say president karzai and his defense minister brought a wish list to the pentagon, drones, helicopters, and hardware to support their security forces. >> what we talked about yesterday was, you know, let's move beyond a wish list of equipment. >> the u.s. want assurances the terrorists won't set up troops in afghanistan after the troops leave. karzai agreed. >> be able to provide security to these people. >> but a recent pentagon reports that the afghan border patrol relies on the u.s. for even its most basic needs, food and water. it's rife with illiteracy
the management experience is regarding the pentagon if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. >> he calls the jewish lobby call into question his support for israel. he stood shoulder to shoulder with the president on foreign policy. >> i know chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work in the united states senate. somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. he is serving on the intelligence advisory board and doing a great job. >> some questioned james hormel's nomination as being in his words openly aggressively gray. he would later apologize. even many democrats take a wait and see approach to his nomination. >> let him get nominated if he is going to be nominated and let's hear what the senator had to say. >>> this may be announced as early as today. doug luzader in washington for us. >> the nomination of chuck hagel is the big talk this morning. >> cruise highly critical of the choice and the cities -- -- highly critical of the choice as the main issue. >>> if hagel is nominated it is difficult to look at the circum
months later, al awlaki is brought into the pentagon for a meeting as part of a muslim outreach program. not only do the documents show that he was buying tickets for the hijackers, it shows he was the central focus of the fbi's investigation of 9/11. >> in a statement a short time ago, the fbi cautioned against drawing conclusions about the documents saying there is no direct connection between al awlaki and 9/11. judicial watch is now asking the fbi to release a document in its entirety without redactions. for the sake of full transparency. >> thank you. >> you are welcome. al jazeera has taken a huge step to expand presence in the u.s. the challenge will be winning over an american audience. details on that next. plus, as the fighting rages on in syria, neighboring israel is taking steps to protect itself from extremist groups operating just across the border. >> this is the only thing protecting israel, a rusted barb wire fence. and now the new syrian border, 25 feet tall, steel reinforced and with raiser wire on top. >> the full report from israel's border with syria ahead on "the
of defense, the pentagon, but some democrats are concerned about that. republicans are concerned, as well, because hagel winds up with the president. he was opposed to some issues in iraq, also in afghanistan and that's what republicans don't like. he bucked the republican party and really lines up with the president which the president might see as a strength if he decides to nominate hagel. >> all right, and some fascinating numbers coming out of the president's vacation in hawaii where he was for nine days. can you share those with us. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a 15-day vacation, do you remember, so here's how it all breaks down. we've taken a look. out of those 15 days he actually got to spend nine in hawaii. he had to spend six days here in d.c. working on the fiscal cliff negotiations. now, while he was in hawaii he got five rounds of golf, five different partners, about 30 hours on the golf course and four dinners out, to go back and forth the president had to spend 40 hours on air force one and only one member of the family actually traveled the entire time and that is bo
," the pentagon is preparing for a worst-case scenario in which lawmakers failed to make its march 1st deadline on the budget deal. that would mean deep, across-the-board cuts including $500 million less for the defense department. leon panetta says it would be a huge setback for national security. >>> "the wall street journal," american express is set to cut 5,400 jobs. the company will slash 8.5% of its staff, mostly from its travel division which has lost business in the advent of internet travel sites. >>> this weekend's "parade" magazine, it's the savings issue. inside, a guide to saving $10,000 this year. >> did you hear that? you can save money. >> that's a good investment because that "parade" doesn't cost that much. so you can save. that's kind of a no-brainer. >> there you go. >> makes perfect sense to me. with us now, let's bring in chief white house correspondent for "politico" here with the morning playbook. you guys have a fascinating story regarding charles schumer. it seems that chuck schumer is the key to chuck hagel's failure or success. tell us why. >> that's right. and first
from defense spending to what to do about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> quiet in steubenville, ohio, today after days of media coverage centering on the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. both sides are preparing their case for a february 13th trial inform a case that has divided the small ohio town. the two 16-year-old high school football players are charged with sexual assaulting the girl last summer. the alleged attack took place at several parties over the course of a night and were well-documented by students who were there. the defense attorney for one accused teen spoke to our own susan candiotti and he claims a text message may be a crucial piece of evidence in the upcoming trial. attorney adam neeman would not show us the alleged text. the girl's attorney declined to comment on whether it was sent or not. >>> i spoke earlier with walter madison, a defense attorney for the other accused teen, malik richmond. has your client admitted to being there and admitted to being with this young woman on that night? >> well, subsequent to the photogra
for 9/11. i was coming in to washington, d.c. on 9/11. i saw the smoke pouring out of the pentagon. i have been to new york city. i have seen the 9/11 memorial. we won't forget those victims of terrorism. we can't forget the fact that al jazeera was the mouthpiece of osama bin laden and has been working hand in glove with terrorist groups ever since. >> and cliff, let me just ask you this. a lot of things about this obviously that troubles me. but one of them is the whole glenn beck business. a year ago, glenn offered to purchase this failing network, whatever it is, current tv, $250 million. that ain't nothing. gore wouldn't give him the time of day. a year later, gore sells it. okay he got 500 million bucks but he didn't know that when glenn beck first offered in. why is al gore going with anti-american, anti-christian, anti-jewish, anti-israeli, anti-everything operation instead of glenn beck? why? glenn beck is a good american. what is motivating gore? >> you have to try to get him on the show, but this is the equivalent during world war ii of turning over american broadcast facil
that no american troops will remain in afghanistan by the end of the drawdown in 2014. however, the pentagon says some troops do need to stay to keep an eye on al qaeda. deputy secured advice ben rhodes said it's not tied to a specific number. and the administration is most likely looking at a range of options as fewer as 3,000, to as many as 15,000 remain behind. >>> for the first time, we have new unsettling details about how the apartment of colorado shooting suspect james are holmes was rigged to explode. that testimony at the preliminary hearing is giving us a clear preview of the case. both sides will present at trial. prosecutors are trying to show the depth of planning that went into the attack, while holmes' attorneys are hinting even more openly that they'll use an insanity defense. >>> the wife of a chicago lottery winner says she has no idea who asked police to take another look at her husband's death. authorities announced yesterday they plan to exhume khan's body. khan died the day after his winnings were mailed in july. his wife says she can't believe her husband had enemies. >>> a
concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equipment. he wants drones as well for surveillance purposes and these are things they're telling us not to expect any major break-through during the meetings. they'll have a bilateral meeting and a working lunch and then there will be a joint press conference. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house, of course we'll bring you president obama and hamid karzai's live news conference. wolf blitzer will anchor special cover annuage at 1:00 p.m. east time. >>> better news this morning about the flu. cnn's elizabeth cohen
to brief state department officials, white house officials, pentagon officials? they were not happy that you went there. >> we've sent a report. if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased pleased to brief them. you are here in washington. nobody has asked you to give an eyeball to eyeball report? >> i've sent a report in and if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased to talk to them. they were nervous about this trip, i know. but i've been going to north korea a long time and have had had substantial success and i think this trip was successful, mainly because of eric schmidt and google. forget the politics, forget foreign policy. the fact that we can talk about a free internet, free exchange of information, more mobile technology, there's a thirst around the world for this kind of technology and that's good because people are communicating with each other. >> let's see if they do anything about it. governor, thanks very much for coming in. >>> it's one of the hot button issues out there, the gun debate. what to do about background checks for gun buyers? we're taking a closer look at the
week. earlier today, at the pentagon the secretary of the air force michael donley talked to reporters. he was joined by air force chief of staff general mark welsh and this is 45 minutes. >> good morning, all. thanks for being here. the chief and i thought this would be a valuable opportunity to begin the new year by sitting down with you to discuss the state of our air force and the issues and challenges we expect to address in the year ahead and beyond. to start i would like to thank the senate approving the national defense thorgs act. and thanks to the president for signing the bill into law. this important legislation provides policy guidance that enables d.o.d. to provide for our fighters and their families and to protect the american people. it demonstrated strong bipartisan commitment to national security. we hope this success may spur progress on critical issues that still remain. those issues include issues to develop a balanced deficit plan. a final f.y. 13 appropriation bill to replace the continued resolution and the president's f.y. 14 budget. congress' recent decision t
and pentagon. now, investigators are looking at records of those interactions to determine whether the filmmakers had any inappropriate access to sensitive information. >> i never asked for classified material. to my knowledge, i never received any. >> reporter: in a december statement to cia personnel, acting director michael morell, called the film a dramatization. saying it creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques were the key to finding bin laden. that impression was false. but he said some of the information leading to the capture came from those interrogation techniques. the filmmakers stress that this is not a documentary. it's a movie. it's based on actual events. but some of them are dramatized. >> okay, martha, thank you very much. >>> now, we're going to turn to an alarming report about americans asleep at the wheel. the new research shows it's happening a lot more than you might think. to 1 in 24 adults. and the true numbers are likely higher because some people don't realize they're nodding off. abc's ron claiborne is here with the detai
with that breaking news out of the white house. the president will nominate his picks for the pentagon and cia later today. already stirring up some controversy. abc's martha raddatz is in washington. >> reporter: let's start with the defense secretary. you might think a republican, vietnam veteran, former senator, with all kinds of clout would be the perfect choice. but chuck hagel will have to fight for confirmation. republican chuck hagel has one very important democrat on his side -- >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: but when news broke that he'd be the pick for secretary of defense, prominent republicans, who would be a part of the confirmation, called him an in-your-face pick. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i could support his nomination. >> it's a controversial choice. >> reporter: even conservative groups got in on the fight against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: why is everyone so sour on the former republican senator? last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about president
the pentagon's position. it's always maintained that some u.s. troops need to stay beyond 2014 to keep an eye on al qaeda. and some lawmakers say they worry about the reputation of the u.s. around the -- around the world if things fall apart in afghanistan after the troops day. >> i'm worried today if we draw from afghanistan or not a leader around the world, our enemies will move on the march and the allies will be wondering if they can trust americans to be standing by them. >>> what was supposed to be a thrilling ride ended in tragedy in russia. one man died and another one was injured after a transparent ball called a zorb cleared off a -- veered off a cliff. the fatal accident has some government officials demanding russia strengthen the safety rules for winter sports. the sport originated in new zealand in the '90s and has since gained popularity around the world. >>> a loophole in an old california law dealing with rape. >> we're now prosecuting rape based on 140-year-old laws that's not making sense. >>> and suing your rescuer. why insurance giant ago wants to sue the -- aig wants to
public. >> thank you for your analysis, mike boyd. >> thank you. melissa: as the pentagon abrasions for possible $500 budget cuts over the next decade defense secretary leon panetta has warned he will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring and delay contract awards. additionally unpaid furloughs for civilian personnel will be created to prepare for potential cuts. if the budget cuts are not as drastic as expected, panetta hopes to minimize any effects on military readiness, making sure any preparations made now are not permanent and can be reversed. >>> all right. so did you get a new gadget for the holidays, maybe a nook, ipad? chances are, it wasn't a pc. lori: that is so yesterday. so passe, right? apple's chief is saying china will some day be his company's biggest market. what do you think folks feel about that? let's take a look at winners and losers on the dow today or maybe treasury rates. we'll look at the who had board. this is what is moving on the board. these are the your components. this is half and half in terms of gainers and decliners. we're back after this [
secretary of defense who everybody likes a lot. >>gretchen: who is that? >>brian: she's been in the pentagon. >>gretchen: i never heard her name as an option. for me, there's two reasons why this will not be a problem for chuck hagel in the long run. first of all, are the american people paying attention to this? i mean, i think if you could get the american people involved and they start representatives and say i have a problem with this or i light chuck hagel, then it becomes a hotter topic and you might see some sort of possibility that it doesn't happen. but if you don't get the american people involved, i think it is an easy situation for him. people talk about political capital. why would the president do this kind of fight? he was elected for four more years. to me, this president has shown in the first four years that he's willing to go to battle for these types of things because remember when he won the first election, one of the first thing he said was "i won the election." >>steve: after george bush and george bush lost all his political capital by the time katrina hit. he was not
, this is the third time the president has had to fill an opening at the pentagon. for the second time, his choice is a republican. this time it's former senator chuck hagel, which is already touching off a big political fight. before chuck hagel can take over at the pentagon, he must be confirmed by the senate and he's already facing an uphill battle. even though democrats control the senate, nbc news has learn ed as many as 10 democratic senators could vote against hagel. public publicly, leading democrats have not expressed much support. >> i would have to study his record. >> as a republican, he may find support from his old republican colleagues to come by. >> there will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he will be treated fairly. >> reporter: he became known as a thorn in the side of republicans turning against the iraq war in 2007. >> most divisive since vietnam. >> i have served with chuck hagel. i know him. he is a patriot. >> reporter: after once referring to certain proisraeli groups as a, quote, jewish-lami. >> this is an in your face nomination from the president to th
. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of passengers and already headed toward the runway had to turn back to the gate after pilots learned jet fuel, about 4
at the pentagon, the state at the white house. on friday he will be speaking at georgetown university about u.s.-afghan relations. we will have coverage of his comments at 5:03 p.m. eastern. >> next, analysis on how the fiscal could deal will affect the defense budget. and addresses by bob mcdonnell and andrew cuomo. >> i think the collectivization of the minds of americans oppose the founding fathers as particularly dangerous because -- america's founding fathers is a dangerous because they were not a collective unit. presenting them as such tends to dramatically over simplify the politics of the founding generation. it comes to be used as a big battering ram to beat people over the head with an ways that are unsound. >> michael austin on what he calls the deep historical flaws by conservative commentators in their use of america's founding history. he shares his view with david fontana on "after words" on c- span 2. >>, harris and released a report titled "what the fiscal clift deal means for defense." he is not confident congress confine the $2 trillion cuts needed to avoid sequestration c
defense he probably wants a republican at pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot, very strong words from david brooks. let's bring in steve hayes writer at "weekly standard" and a fox news contributor. good morning, steve. >> good morning, martha. martha: the strongest in that is that he would supervise the military's decline. do you think so. >> i think there is evidence to support the remarks david brooks is saying. bill burton a former deputy white house secretary and a close adviser to the president, very in close with the obama inner circle say as much in an interest view. he said we want chuck hagel there to allow us to bring through what he called huge cuts to the military. so you've got somebody close to the president who is saying that chuck hagel will make it easier for the obama administration to bring in this new era of military cuts. martha: the president's critics say that he has been really unconcerned and really has not spoken out much about the military cuts that would be part of the sequester. is that true? >> this is
are still flying f-16's that were modernized in the 1980s. -- 1980's. the pentagon feels like a lot of its pilots are flying planes that are as golden as -- as old as their grandfathers. host: good morning. welcome to the program. caller: thank you. i hope i get as much time as that wonderful lady from massachusetts. i want to ask about the direction our foreign policy might be taking, which is just fabulous in our mind, if he does nominate senator hagel and his sound and clearly -- based clearly-based mind in regards to foreign-policy and he ran -- and iran. neither kerry nor hagel would want to use our military in a way that is completely unnecessary. the folks who are gathered up and fighting against hagel's nomination, if you would talk about them. i think it is a wonderfully strong indicator that we will have a better foreign-policy if hagel makes it a little -- makes it in. host: first, the defense department. guest;: gcritics of hagel have thinkery pro-israel, who he is not sufficiently committed to israel. another group thinks he has not drawn hard enough lines against iran and its
of drawdown, i am still getting recommendations from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. i think president karzai's primary concern, and you will hear directly from him, is making sure afghan sovereignty is respected. and if we have a follow-on force of any sort past 2014, it has to be at the invitation of the afghan government, and they have to feel comfortable with it. i will say, as i have said to president karzai, that we have agreements with countries like this all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. that is how i as commander in chief can make sure that our folks are protected in carrying out very difficult missions. i think president karzai understands that. i do not want to get ahead of research in terms of the negotiations that are still remaining on the bilateral security agreement, but from my perspective, it will not be possible for us to have any kind o
concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is doable. the same thing as far as the salaries of the afghan national army and police. yes, it is a significant number, considering the afghan economy. or the withdrawal of each international troops from afghanistan, we can sustain 80 afghan national army soldiers on the ground, if there is a willingness to continue with this mission. as you mentioned, to come with a more reasonable definition of success in afghanistan, which has come up to now, then diminished, what it means to succeed here in afghanistan. >> the end of t
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honors when he visits the pentagon this morning for a meeting with defense secretary leon panetta. he is expected they will -- or it's expected that they will discuss the american troop situation in afghanistan after the nato combat mission officially ends next year. tomorrow karzai meets with president obama. >>> all right, so it won't take long to cover the entire list of new inductees to baseball's hall of fame because there are none. one of the big reasons, of course, the steroid era. baseball writers voted to keep roger clemens, barry bonds and sammy sosa out of the hall of fame for now. i think the biggest injustice was to craig biggio. he came the closest. i think next year he'll get in. >>> check out this fan during last night's college basketball game. look, he shoved unlv guard anthony marshall after he stepped out of bounds chasing a loose ball. fortunately the ref was able to restrain marshall and the fan was escorted out of the building. >> not a good idea to shove the players. >> i was wondering if he was heching him get back in but in slow mo it does look like a shove.
, hasn't had a major speech on it. where is he on the big spending issues coming forward on the pentagon? we don't know, and that's not a good sign in light of the debt crisis we face. >>brian: you told me at the break, we salute him for the service he's given to the country but you don't think he's right for secretary of defense. >> he would be great for the department of veterans affairs. he pushed the g.i. bill. we give him credit for that completely. secretary of defense requires someone with a clear vision, with some nuance on defense policy in light of the spending crisis we're in right now and forceful support of the united states military and its allies. that's not chuck hagel. >>brian: thanks so much. we'll see hout proceedings -- how the proceedings go forward. anything but smooth even if he does get confirmed. >>> it's a story we've been following. a newspaper revealing the names of legal gun owners including cops. doesn't that put their lives at risk? remember the cash for clunkers program. turns out it was a train wreck. brand-new evidence ahead. ♪ this happy couple used c
some of these images are disturbing. nbc's jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon. good morningp. >> good morning, erica. this shocked video looks like something right out of quentin tarantino. it's aimed at scaring any sailor who is thinking about using the drug known as bath salts. since hitting the internet two weeks ago, it's gone viral. >> thanks, man. >> reporter: the navy video opens as if you are the young sailor about to embark on a terrifying, mind-bending trip. snorting the synthetic drug bath salts. your physical reaction is almost immediate. 3 c3 viaje despuÉs de haber consumido your growing paranoia explodes into violence. back home even your roommate has turned demon. >> what's wrong with you? sent to a hospital gurney, the sailor continues to fight that continues until only heavily sedated. psychiatry resident says violence is only one troublesome reaction to bath salts. >> when people are using bath salts, they're not their normal selves. they're angry, erratic, violent and unpredictable. >> reporter: navy officials say the troubling video was produced after an alarming
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